It’s that time of year again; time to store the RV after a season of adventure and fun on the road. Not all RV owners use their RVs full time or year round, and only use their RVs seasonally or for a few weeks at a time. When not in use, its best to store RVs in a secure area such as storage units for rent.
RVs are a privilege to own and they can be an expensive investment, which is why long term or seasonal RV storage makes so much sense. It’s important to keep in mind however, that RV storage requires a great deal of preparation in order to avoid the hassle and expense of permanent damage. While you may be tempted to park your RV in a designated open area near your home, this is not the best way to protect your investment.
If you’re not planning on using your RV for months at a time, RV storage or self storage is a must. Here’s how to prep for seasonal RV storage.
Find a secure storage facility
One of the greatest benefits of seasonal RV storage is protection from theft, vandalism, pests, and harsh weather. As such, it’s important to find a storage facility that you feel comfortable with. When shopping for a closed RV storage facility, look for security measures such as electronic pass code entry, security cameras, secure fencing, barriers, and management or security personnel on the premise.
Get to cleaning
Before your RV can be properly stored for the season, it needs to be thoroughly cleaned and repaired. Inspect your RV for any signs of damage such as holes, tears, cracks, and be on the lookout for any signs of an insect or pest infestation. Be sure to seal any cracks to prevent water from getting into the RV, which in turn will help to prevent rust and mold from. The outside of the RV should be thoroughly washed and polished, while the tires should be greased to prevent cracking. Don’t forget to dispose of any food or food scraps!
Shut it down
Remember to unplug and shut down all appliances before turning off the main circuit breaker. This includes defrosting and cleaning out the fridge! Your RV’s holding tanks should also be emptied and cleaned and antifreeze should be put into the pipes if the RV will be stored in a cold climate.